Classical The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. Wed, 07 Jun 2023 21:53:47 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan - Raga Mishra Piloo (1984) Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan - Raga Mishra Piloo (1984)

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1. Raga Mishra – Piloo Beginning
2. Raga Mishra – Piloo Conclusion

Ravi Shankar – sitar
Ali Akbar Khan - sarod.

(Carnegie Hall, May 5, 1982)


From his small, low platform covered with Indian rugs, Ravi Shankar has brought the music of India to audiences around the world. He has introduced the sitar—a long-necked Indian Lute—to such new domains as film, ballet, and orchestra. A complete musician, he is renowned equally as a concert soloist, composer, and conductor. He is also one of the few composers to have been greatly appreciated and embraced by such diverse audiences as the classical, jazz, pop, ethnic, and New Age music circles. It seems inevitable that his greatest wish will come true: above all things to be remembered for his musical creations.

Shankar was born Robindro Shankar on April 7, 1920, in Benares, which is considered the holiest of cities in India. He was the youngest son of a family of Bengali Brahmins, coming from an upper-class background. When he was ten years old Ravi was sent to Paris where his eldest brother, the great dancer Uday Shankar, had a troupe of gifted Indian dancers and musicians. Ravi became quite successful and was soon billed as a star dancer in their tours of Europe and the United States. He also attended school in Paris where he met many great musicians who exposed him to Western music.

In 1935 Uday invited sarod master Ustad Allauddin Khan to join the company and play as the principle soloist. Ravi was deeply impressed by his playing and spent most of the following year acting as Allauddin Khan’s interpreter and guide in the hope of becoming his pupil. Before his departure Khan agreed to teach Ravi to play the sitar only if he gave up the fame and fortune of the artist’s life in Paris and came to study with him in Maihar, a small village in India.

After a year of soul-searching Ravi decided to go to Maihar and submerge himself in intensive study and total dedication to his guru, Allauddin Khan. He shaved his head, wore clothes of coarse material, and slept only four or five hours a night with a one-hour nap in the afternoon. Ravi would then practice for 12 hours a day, sometimes until his fingers bled. The rest of the time was devoted to study, prayer, and meditation with the guru. “When music is not written down and you learn by an oral tradition,” Shankar was quoted as saying in the Washington Post, “what is transmitted by the guru is not merely a technique but a feeling. My guru taught me that the best way to worship is by music.”

After seven and a half years of study, Ravi became a virtuoso and began playing concerts throughout India. He married his guru’s daughter, Annapurna, once he had established himself as a success. He then founded the Vadya Vrinda, the Indian National Orchestra at All-India Radio. For the next seven years, Shankar conducted most of the concerts and wrote some 200 compositions. ---

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Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass - Passages (1990) Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass - Passages (1990)

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1 Offering 	9:40 	
2 Sadhanipa 	8:31 	
3 Channels And Winds 	7:56 	
4 Ragas In Minor Scale 	7:32 	
5 Meetings Along The Edge 	8:05 	
6 Prashanti 	13:37 	

Shubho Shankar – sitar
Abhiman Kaushal – tabla
T. Srinivasan – mridangam
Partha Sarathy – sarod, veena
Barry Finclair, Karen Karlsrud, Masako Yanagita, Mayuki Fukuhara, Regis Iandiorio, 
Sergiu Schwartz, Tim Baker – violin
Al Brown, Barry Finclair, Masako Yanagita, Richard Sortomme – viola
Batia Lieberman, Beverly Laudrisen, Fred Zlotkin, Seymour Barab – cello
Joe Carver – double bass
Ronu Mazumdar, Jack Kripl, Theresa Norris – flute
Jon Gibson – soprano saxophone
Lenny Pickett, Richard Peck – tenor, alto saxophone
Peter Gordon, Ron Sell – french horn
Alan Raph, Keith O'Quinn – trombone
Gorden Gottlieb – percussion
Michael Riesman – piano
Ravi Shankar, S.P. Balasubramanyam – vocals
Jeanie Gagne – voice
Madras Choir Orchestral

Ashit Desai, Michael Riesman, Suresh Lalwani – conductor

Composed By – Philip Glass (tracks: 2, 3, 4), Ravi Shankar (tracks: 1, 5, 6)


A collaboration between an avant-garde modern classical composer and a traditional Indian/Hindi composer/performer seems as unlikely as ice hockey on the River Styx. However, Passages is a collaboration between Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar and it works quite well. Shankar's smooth style fits nicely with Glass' dissonant orchestrations. There is a great deal of technical data involved here. Both of these artists have long taken intellectual approaches to music. Thus, the liner notes are a bit heavy-handed. The music is brilliant. The symphony dominates the soundscapes, but Shankar's atmospheres are integral to the success of this project. This CD will appeal to fans of John Cage, Terry Riley, and Steve Reich. ---Jim Brenholts, Rovi

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Ravi Shankar - The Living Room Sessions Part 1 (2012) Ravi Shankar - The Living Room Sessions Part 1 (2012)

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01 – Session 1 Raga Malgunji
02 – Session 2 Raga Khamaj
03 – Session 3 Raga Kedara
04 – Session 4 Raga Satyajit

Ravi Shankar - Sitar
Tanmoy Bose - Tabla


In October 2011, at the age of 91, Ravi Shankar invited his long-time tabla accompanist, Tanmoy Bose, to his home in Encinitas, California for an informal recording session. Over four days in Shankar’s living room, they recorded seven different ragas. The resulting music is pure Shankar, combining his deep musical experience and brilliant technique with the passion he brings to live performance. The first of two releases, The Living Room Sessions Part 1, consists of four tracks that span a wide range of Indian classical styles - from the opening Raga Malgunji, a meditative raga reflecting on the distance between the human and the supreme; to the lighter, lyrical Raga Khamaj and Raga Kedara; and closing with Raga Satyajit, a spontaneous raga dedicated to the late director and friend of Shankar, Satyajit Ray, that is both melodic and rhythmic. The seamless musical dialog between Shankar and Bose creates a uniquely stirring listening experience. Both intimate and masterly, The Living Room Sessions Part 1 is an invitation into the home and musical genius of Ravi Shankar. ---


"This is rather a different recording when, at almost 92 years, I was fooling around at home at Encinitas, California with my sitar, playing pieces with Tanmoy Bose on tabla. We recorded seven ragas in four days and had a lot of fun. This disc has four of those ragas - the first one, Raga Malgunji has both a slow Vilambit gat and a display in Jhaptal of ten beats in complicated, rhythmic patterns and finishes that conveys the sadness of being unable to merge with the Supreme. The second and third ragas, Raga Khamaj and Raga Kedara are in the romantic Thumri style. The final number is a spontaneous, melodic pattern which came to my mind, when I was told about the death of my dear friend Satyajit Ray. For me, the tracks illustrate the depths and beauty of Indian classical music, which can invoke a range of emotional intensity through energetic and complicated rhytmic patterns. I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I did when I recorded it!" -- Ravi Shankar

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Ravi Shankar - The Spirit Of India (1995) Ravi Shankar - The Spirit Of India (1995)

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[01]. Raga Jogeshwari, Alap
[02]. Raga Jogeshwari, Jor
[03]. Raga Jogeshwari, Gat I (Tala: Jhap-tal)
[04]. Raga Jogeshwari, Gat II (Tala: Ek-tal)
[05]. Alap - Gat I (Tala: Tin-tal) - Gat II (Tala: Tin-tal)

Ravi Shankar – sitar
Alla Rakha – table
Mrs. Jiban, Mrs. Widya - tambura


Ravi Shankar, the legendary sitarist and composer is India's most esteemed musical Ambassador and a singular phenomenon in the classical music worlds of East and West. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he has done more for Indian music than any other musician. He is well known for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. This however, he did only after long years of dedicated study under his illustrious guru Baba Allaudin Khan and after making a name for himself in India.

Always ahead of his time, Ravi Shankar has written three concertos for sitar and orchestra, last one of which in 2008. He has also authored violin-sitar compositions for Yehudi Menuhin and himself, music for flute virtuoso Jean Pierre Rampal, music for Hosan Yamamoto, master of the Shakuhachi and Musumi Miyashita - Koto virtuoso, and has collaborated with Phillip Glass (Passages). George Harrison produced and participated in two record albums, "Shankar Family & Friends" and "Festival of India" both composed by Ravi Shankar.

Ravi Shankar has also composed for ballets and films in India, Canada, Europe and the United States. The latter of which includes the films "Charly," "Gandhi," and the "Apu Trilogy".

In the period of the awakening of the younger generation in the mid 60's, Ravi Shankar gave three memorable concerts - Monterey Pop Festival, Concert for Bangla Desh, and The Woodstock Festival.

Ravi Shankar is an honourary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is a member of the United Nations International Rostrum of composers. He has received many awards and honours from his own country and from all over the world, including fourteen doctorates, the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan, Desikottam,Padma Bhushan of 1967, the Music Council UNESCO award 1975, the Magsaysay Award from Manila, two Grammy's, the Fukuoka grand Prize from Japan, the Polar Music Prize of 1998, the Crystal award from Davos, with the title 'Global Ambassador' to name some. In 1986 Ravi Shankar was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house of Parliament.

Deeply moved by the plight of more than eight million refugees who came to India during the Bangla Desh Freedom struggle from Pakistan, Ravi Shankar wanted to help in any way he could. He planned to arrange a concert to collect money for the refugees. He approached his dear friend George to help him raise money for this cause. This humanitarian concern from Ravi Shankar sowed the seed of the concept for the Concert for Bangla Desh. With the help of George Harrison, this concert became the first magnus effort in fund raising, paving the way for many others to do charity concerts.

His recording "Tana Mana", released on the private Music label in 1987, brought Mr. Shankar's music into the "New age" with its unique method of combining traditional instruments with electronics.

The love and respect he commands both in India and in the West is unique in the annals of the history of music. In 1989, this remarkable musician celebrated his 50th year of concertising, and the city of Birmingham Touring Opera Company commissioned him to do a Music Theatre (Ghanashyam - a broken branch) which created history on the British arts scene.

Mr. Shankar has several disciples, many of which are now very succesful concert artists and composers.

Perhaps no greater tribute can be paid to this genius than the words of his colleagues:

"Ravi Shankar has brought me a precious gift and through him I have added a new dimension to my experience of music. To me, his genius and his humanity can only be compared to that of Mozart's." - Yehudi Menuhin

"Ravi Shankar is the Godfather of World Music" - George

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